MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy is one of the pioneering maritime schools in the Philippines offering industry-linkage programs like Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE).
This is not the usual campus tour that I usually do when I was in Korea. This time, my family went to Mol Magsaysay Maritime Academy to send off one of my brothers and to attend the Parents Orientation Program.
As soon as we entered the vicinity, they asked my brother to sign an attendance sheet. Some wristbands were given to us before we went to the photo booth. I think it’s great to have wear those wristbands for security purposes. The academy doesn’t allow outsiders to loiter around the campus.
So what happened during the orientation?
Here’s how my brother looks like when we arrived. After some messages from the officials, all the students were asked to line up and to go outside the gym.
After some talks from the office of the student affairs, the dean, and the other officials. The cadets were presented in front of us. This time, they are wearing MMMA polo shirts and their heads are shaved! Even the eight girls! I can see the emotions of the parents when they saw their children’s transformation.
After that they asked the cadets to go to their parents and give them a token. Small bottles with a love letter inside were given. Teary-eyed parents hugged their children.
By noon time, we had the chance to have a meal with the students for the last time. Many parents brought food from their provinces to share with other families.
After lunch, we had the campus tour. Since they are the pioneer batch, all the equipment are brand new. It can clearly be seen that the facilities are state of the art!
It has been a long day for us. I’m praying that my brother will learn a lot and have a good life while staying in MMMA. Today is the last day that we can spend time with him. They won’t allow visitors anymore. The next time we can visit him is on December!
Check out the hashtag #OneDreamOneMMMA to see more pictures from the event.
Do you know anyone who works as a seafarer?